Since 1996, when our Church first started Sunday morning services, we have been on a journey of faith into the future. For Rob and Sarah Gardiner, it was a journey of faith to leave Reading, then to return to plant what is now Network Vineyard Church. For many of us in NVC, it has also been a journey of faith and exploration to grow from 30 adults in the early days – through multiple temporary venues – to well over 200 adults, youth and children in our current Reading Campus home, Woodley Hill House, and in the Bracknell Campus.
Woodley Hill House has been a real provision of God and from the time we moved in, we knew that there was more to come! In particular, we believe that we should aim to build a larger community, conference and worship space – not because we want bigger premises for their own sake, but to help support our work of reaching out and impacting our local neighbourhoods for Jesus. We also want it, increasingly, to be a resource to support our growing network of sites.
Over the past year, we have been working with an architect to look at options for developing the site, releasing its full potential. We are aware that overall progress has not been as fast as we would all have liked and to build renewed momentum through 2017, the Trustees and Senior Leadership have asked John Neate to set up and lead a Development Team. This team will have responsibility for driving the work forward, liaising with others in NVC who are key to success. Membership of the team is currently being finalised.
Our vision is to see ‘The Transformation of Society through the Message and Power of Jesus Christ.’ Our mission is growth focused: to Multiply Kingdom Communities, through God’s favour, and thus have acquired a significant site and educational tenant that provides a solid base for the church. Woodley Hill House has ample parking, good connections to the Thames valley motorway network and would make an ideal conference venue.
We are blessed to share WHH with Bracknell and Wokingham College. As we move forward with our planning, we are very keen to collaborate very closely with the College in ways that will not only meet our own needs, but also facilitate their emerging plans to offer increasingly dynamic educational options. We want to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts!
We have engaged an architect and are scoping the site with a view of making recommendations to all parties over the Summer / Autumn of 2017. To contact the building team, please use e-mail John.
What can we do practically that will make a difference? We talk about reaching into our communities, but what actually does that mean? What is it that the church can provide practically that will enable the gospel to be heard and people to be transformed? The answer lies in the essence of what church is; it is a family, it is a community. Everywhere you look politicians both local and national, are talking about the loss, problems and breakdown of community. The church, by connecting with society at every level, is a redemptive community that can provide the answer.
The task is awesome, yet exciting! We need to raise another estimated 1 million pounds. Most of it will come from us, the members of Network Vineyard Church, possibly through most of us entering on the greatest financial adventure of our lives. However, we know this for sure – God who has called us to give is also trustworthy to provide – Matthew 6:31-33 (ANIV) “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. We also know that this is a journey of faith; none of us know absolutely what awaits us but as we make sacrifices for the kingdom, we truly have a God who will not be indebted to us.
In terms of our giving, we ask that members continue to give generously so we are in the position of being able to move forward once planning has been approved. However, many people do not have large amounts of money available to give, and so another way of giving is by making a pledge to give each month an amount on top of your regular giving. While we’re encouraging a 2 year pledge, it’s absolutely fine if you would prefer to pledge for a shorter or longer period than that. It is also fine if you can give part upfront money and pledge the rest or any combination in between! Up front money will enable us to make progress sooner than pledged money, and so where it is possible we would encourage that.
Please click the link below to give electronically on-line, either a one-off or to setup a monthly pledge, thank you!